100,000 Strong to Represent at Mega Rock Fan Festa, Seeking Funding for Big Project

249158_462879903786256_115459473_n A few months ago, we brought you word of a new fan-run event to celebrate Mega Man in Tokyo, Japan, called "Mega Rock Fan Festa." Some new information has come up about the event, including the attendance of Hitoshi Ariga, Ippo Yamada, and Yoshihiro Iwamoto.

What's more, 100,000 Strong For Bringing Back Mega Man Legends 3 will have representation there from the Japanese branch of the effort. And by the sound of things, they have some very big plans in store for the event, though they've declined to elaborate further at this time except to say that "it's liable to obtain unfathomable amounts of mainstream coverage." Very interesting.

Unfortunately, these plans require funding, and while they've obtained a significant amount from their Japanese supporters, they're still a little bit short. If you'd like to contribute to the cause-- even for curiosity's sake-- then you can PayPal whatever you're willing to chip in to milktea[at]milcoco.net until June 10th, which is the cutoff date for the project.

If curiosity or simply supporting the movement isn't enough for you, however, there are also rewards that will be in effect for those who donate, with everyone who chips in receiving a copy of this mysterious project after Mega Rock Fan Festa concludes. According to Skybane Zero, "As someone who actually knows what this project is, let me reassure you all that your money is not going to waste in the least. This is the kind of thing that I'm sure many of you would happily fund on Kickstarter just to have a chance to experience it for yourselves!"

To give an idea of the scope of the project, they go on to reveal that they have enlisted the help of illustrator Hideki Ishikawa (who worked on Mega Man Legends and Mega Man Legends 2, among numerous other Mega Man titles from the Super NES/PlayStation era) to draw all of the artwork for the event. For those who don't recognize the name, here is one well-known sample of his work:


Additionally, a smaller-scale western project will be making the rounds at the event as well. They'll also be showing off footage from the rocket launch (which has run into some editing complications at the moment) to help make those on the Japanese side of things more aware of the passion for the movement worldwide.

"Honestly, there's no way for me to fully express just how much I think this event could benefit our movement," Skybane Zero says. "This is practically the chance of a lifetime. Numerous iconic people in the Mega Man universe will be present for this, hundreds of passionate fans from all over Japan will be gathered, and above all, this event is taking place in Japan, where our main target, Capcom of Japan, is located. Giving a demonstration of our support in CoJ's own country is almost equivalent to being on their front lawn. Needless to say, the closer we are to them, the more likely our chances are of having our voices heard."

"Now," he continues, "I'm not saying that I think CoJ will be inspired by this show of passion enough to reinstate Legends 3. I'm not saying that they'll be touched enough to give us a proper apology (or reason) for cancelling the game. What I am saying, though, is this: if ever there was a chance to make them realize our passion, if ever there was a chance to convince them of the overwhelming demand for Mega Man Legends, now would be that time. So, by all means, if you'd like to see these plans come to fruition as much as we would, we'd greatly appreciate your donations!"

Of course, beyond Mega Man Legends, this is also a great opportunity to show how much passion there is for Mega Man in general. We wish 100,000 Strong the best of luck in reaching their goal and getting the project underway-- we're dying to see what it is!

A New Rockman Fan Festival is in the Works: Mega Rock Fan Festa

mrff Last year we informed you about Rock Party, which is actually taking place tomorrow in Japan time. Really wish I could go! But making a day trip to Tokyo is neither cheap nor easy. Hopefully we'll see some good coverage coming out of it.

But that aside, there is already a new Blue Bomber celebration being planned. This is the Mega Rock Fan Festa, which has the aim to be the greatest Rockman fan event of all time.  After the break below, you can read the very moving declaration by CAP Kobun, the event committee's representative.

Planned festivities include a marketplace for doujin goods, an exhibition of Rockman goods throughout the past 25 years, a talk session and game competition with the Spiceman crew (Ippo Yamada, Hitoshi Ariga and Yoshihiro Iwamoto), a brand new musical performance of Live Communicated Rockman (by the NSF MUSIC COLLECTIVE and SENSORS), and a live DJ playing various Rockman tunes.

Mega Rock Fan Festa is set to take place on June 29th, a Saturday, at the Lapin Et Halot gallery in Shibuya, Tokyo. The event runs from 1PM to 9PM and admission is ¥4,000.

Hrrmm, Tokyo yet again. But this doesn't seem like an event to miss! We'll share more info as it becomes available. Don't forget to read the declaration before the break!

It's been a fast 25 years since the original "Rockman" for Famicom was born in 1987. In that time, Rockman has grown to be a character beloved all over the world.

In the same period, boys and girls who've enjoyed Rockman have grown into adults, and Rockman is active in many forms around the world. I too, as an individual among that crowd, have run along with Rockman since my youth, and today still I continue to walk alongside those characters.

Twenty-five years since Rockman's birth. Today, Rockman is in a great upheaval. New works and goods still come out with unprecedented fervor, and on the surface everything looks great. But if you look from another perspective, Rockman is now facing his greatest battle in history. Over the course of a quarter century transition, a number of voices declaring "Rockman is finished" have emerged.

Therefore we ought to encourage the feelings of fans who root for Rockman and his future. Cooperating with people who won't give up on Rockman, and continue to love it, we put together the "MRFF Committee" and have kicked off plans for "the greatest ROckman event in history, to celebrate 25 years."

And so, this is the Rockman 25th anniversary event we prayed that all fans will convene. A dream collaboration that leaps over the barriers of host and participant; real world and cyber world. It's because it's 25 years now that we can do it. This is what's really a "Xover"!

All Rockman fans, assemble!

Ippo Yamada Teases a New Game

Good ol' Ippo Yamada. Not only is he the lead sound producer at Inti Creates, and a well-versed musician of Mega Man games, he loves to nonchalantly and vaguely talk about his next projects. Over at the Spiceman Blog, Yamada had this little entry:

Today we launched game development. It's a short development time, but I think it'll turn out to be a pretty enjoyable game.

For now, thanks curry.*

Next one's already reaching a climax, yet...

Of course, per usual it's not mentioned if this game has anything to do with Mega Man. Though I will say, since I've been following Spiceman, all the projects Ippo has vaguely mentioned before have been about Mega Man. I hate to stir the speculation pot, but I can think of at least one thing this game could be!

*The "thanks curry" line is part of a running pun on the site, derived from the word "otsukare" meaning "thanks for your trouble." The Spiceman crew often talk about curry on the blog.

Ippo Yamada Has Been Keeping Busy

The week is still young but already it's brought a bit of a stir with some news. While we don't really know what it's all about so far, we do know one thing: Ippo Yamada has a lot on his table. A little while back at Spiceman @ Blog, Ippo Yamada lamented about his schedule.

For the time being, I must make final adjustments to game data and arrange music by the start of next week.

Soon after that is April 30th, the release day of the Image Soundtrack. This merchandise is arriving next week, so I also have to arrange the delivery. It's an album worth listening to you, and I hope you enjoy it.

Also running into the next game, and the next CD for June...

Of course the only thing here that's without a doubt connected to Mega Man is the Rockman 10 Image Soundtrack. The rest is uncertain, but Ippo has more games and albums on the table it appears.